Neal Ardley admits wanting to sign Dominic Poleon at Leeds United, Liam Cooper congratulates him on Wimbledon switch

Dominic Poleon - Leeds United in action against Daniel Ayala - Nottingham Forest

The former Oldham Athletic striker has joined AFC Wimbledon.

Dominic Poleon - Leeds United in action against Daniel Ayala - Nottingham Forest

Dominic Poleon has found himself a new club – and the man who has signed him has admitted wanting him when he was at Leeds United.

The striker, who can also pay on the wing, has joined AFC Wimbledon after leaving Oldham Athletic.

Oldham Athletic's Dominic Poleon in action

When speaking to the official AFC Wimbledon website about the deal the Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley admitted trying to sign him when he was at Leeds – stating:

“When Dominic was at Leeds and on the fringe of their team a few seasons ago, he was just what we wanted to bring in to help us at a time when we were struggling.

"We wanted his pace up top and we tried to get Dominic on loan, but we failed because he was a Championship/League 1 player. He is only 22, he is still learning, and we feel he will get better."

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley celebrates with the trophy after being promoted to Football League OneAFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley celebrates with the trophy after being promoted to Football League One

Poleon was of course highly regarded at Leeds but left the club in 2014, heading to Oldham.

He joined the club from Southend United in 2010 and after four years at the club had played 31 games and scored four goals for Leeds – never truly becoming a regular first-team footballer.

When he left he was unhappy, telling the Yorkshire Evening Post:

“It’s hard to explain how it came to this because I wasn’t supposed to go.

“Over the weekend I got a call to tell me that [Massimo] Cellino was taking the contract away from me. I don’t know why. I’d agreed one thing but was being offered another and it was basically the case that if I didn’t sign it, I wouldn’t be going on loan to Oldham.

“Leeds rejected the request and it seemed to me that I was going to be kept here and not involved. I won’t lie – I thought I’d be made to do nothing for a year.”

Leeds' Liam Cooper and MK Dons' Sam Gallagher in actionLeeds' Liam Cooper and MK Dons' Sam Gallagher in action

Today he was congratulated by a current Leeds player.

Liam Cooper sent this message to Poleon on Twitter, congratulating him on his move to Wimbledon:

 

Leeds fans will no doubt be wishing Poleon all the best in his new adventure, as there is undoubtedly some promise there.

Hopefully Wimbledon will get the best out of the player.

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